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About FME    |   September 4, 2015   |   By Tiana Warner

What’s it like to work at Safe? Pt 1: Innovation Daze

In 1948, 3M started offering a fun job perk: employees were to spend 85% of their time doing assigned work, and 15% doing something innovative of their own choosing. The ideas explored during this 15% time resulted in a cure for polio. *checks notes* Wait, sorry, it resulted in the invention of the Post-It Note. […]

Author:
Tiana Warner
DATA
About Data    |   August 12, 2015   |   By Stephanie Warner

Minecraft and Geospatial: Get Your Data Noticed (Infographic)

Why do we keep mentioning Minecraft? What is it, and why is everyone—from kids to geo professionals—using it? Though the game of Minecraft is a simple concept, it holds unparalleled abilities to generate public interest and get important data shared quickly and cheaply across the globe. If you’re not already leveraging the power of Minecraft […]

Author:
Stephanie Warner
USER
About Our Customers    |      |   By Kris Majury

Geospatial Education and Minecraft: Niagara Falls

Students in Niagara College’s GIS – Geospatial Management program have a great opportunity – to work on a year-long thesis project, collaborating with real employers to design and implement a real-world GIS project. This year, one of those projects was put forth by Geospatial Niagara founder and CEO Darren Platakis. He’d seen various Minecraft initiatives […]

Author:
Kris Majury
FME
About FME    |   July 30, 2015   |   By Stewart Harper

How to Load Data into AWS Aurora

AWS Aurora was made generally available this week. Aurora is an exciting piece of technology—the RDBMS effectively re-engineered from the ground up—providing exceptional performance for high-traffic databases at a comparatively low cost. Read more about it on the AWS blog. Below we’ll focus on how to migrate your existing data into Aurora. Amazon has some documentation for migrating an existing MySQL […]

Author:
Stewart Harper
FME
About FME    |   July 10, 2015   |   By Tiana Warner

Advanced 3D Worlds with ArcGIS Data Interoperability

I think we can all agree that 3D is quickly becoming a dominant data type. Drones and LiDAR scanners are widespread. 3D cameras and printing are all the rage at tech fairs these days. Augmented reality is… well, a reality. And don’t even get me started on what people are doing with Minecraft. Esri users looking to […]

Author:
Tiana Warner
FME
About FME    |   July 2, 2015   |   By Tiana Warner

ArcGIS Data Interoperability: 6 ways to use this Esri extension

There’s a reason Esri has the dominant share of the GIS industry. ArcGIS is to geo geeks what Photoshop is to a hipster with a Nikon. But here’s the thing: hundreds—thousands—of data formats exist, each tailored to represent data in a specialized way, and ArcGIS natively supports only a handful. Without a way to get […]

Author:
Tiana Warner
FME
About FME    |   June 18, 2015   |   By Mark Ireland

Code Smell and FME Golf

I was recently asked about what guidelines there are for authoring workspaces in FME.

I can tell you what makes a workspace good, but it’s perhaps a little harder to say what makes a workspace bad. If a workspace runs to completion, and produces the output you want, it can’t be bad… can it?

Let me introduce you to the concept of Code Smell!

Author:
Mark Ireland